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Methane on Mars Workshop 2009

Programme, Presentations and Abstract book


Workshop on Methane on Mars:
Current Observations, Interpretation and Future Plans


25-27 November 2009
ESA/ESRIN in Frascati, Italy
 
Contact point: owitasserssd.esa.int

Direct link to this page:
http://sci.esa.int/marsmethane2009
 

 

Group photo of the attendees at the Methane on Mars workshop 2009

 

This page holds the workshop programme. The presentations given at the workshop are now available in PDF format. They can be downloaded by clicking on the corresponding "PDF" link in the programme table below, in the right-most column.

The workshop abstract book can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the right (PDF file, 6.3 Mb).

For the complete workshop details, please see the workshop home page linked from the right-hand menu.

  
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Wednesday 25 November 2009

 

Registration & Welcome
   
09:00-10:00 Registration, posters set up, coffee
09:45-10:00 Welcome and opening (ESA, ASI)
Session 1: Observations of methane from orbit
   
Moderator: O. Witasse
  The ESA/NASA ExoMars Programme
Coradini, M.
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10:00-10:35 Methane observations with PFS-MEX: an introductory historical overview, multiline observations and limb measurements (solicited)
Formisano, V.
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10:35-10:50 PFS-MEX: Mapping methane in Martian atmosphere
Geminale, A.
Note: Presentation not available. Please contact A. Geminale and/or V. Formisano.
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10:50-11:05 Spatial distribution and temporal evolution of methane in the Martian atmosphere
Fonti, S.
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Session 2: Ground-based observations of methane
   
Moderator: O. Witasse
11:05-11:25 Absolute measurements of Methane on Mars (solicited)
Mumma, M.
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11:25-11:45 Methane and water on Mars: Maps of active regions and their seasonal variability (solicited)
Villanueva, G.
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11:45-12:15 Coffee break
12:15-12:35 Measurement of the isotopic signatures of water on Mars: implications for studying methane (solicited)
Novak, P.
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12:35-12:40 Poster presentation (3 minutes):
High Spectral resolution heterodyne spectroscopy of methane at 7.8 µm
Sonnabend, G. (Poster 1)
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Session 3: Martian surface and subsurface data, and laboratory measurements relevant to the study of methane
Moderator: C. Webster
12:40-12:55 Mapping ice deposits on Mars through subsurface radar sounding (solicited)
Orosei, R.
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12:55-13:15 Morphology and Mineralogy of Methane Source Regions (solicited)
Wray, J.
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13:15-13:30 The search for methane gas emission features in Nili Fossae, Syrtis Major, and Isidis Planitia, Mars
Komatsu, G.
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13:40 Lunch
14:50-15:15 Surface conditions from thermodynamics of phyllosilicates and implications for the presence of methane on early Mars (solicited)
Chevrier, V.
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15:15-15:35 Laboratory investigation of the role of heterogeneous processes in Martian methane variability (solicited)
Gough, R.
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15:35-16:25 Discussion on the data sets available (from orbit, ground-based measurements, laboratory measurements, other data sets of interest)
16:25-16:55 Coffee break
Session 4: Origin of Martian methane
   
Moderator: S. Atreya
16:55-17:20 Methane and the Martian Habitability (solicited)
Atreya, S.
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17:20-17:40 Production on Mars by photolysis of H2O in the presence of CO (solicited)
Bar-Nun, A.
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17:40-18:00
Methanogenesis in Terrestrial Permafrost: a Model for Methane Sources on Mars? (solicited)
Wagner, D. · Cancelled talk ·
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18:00-18:20 Methane Sources and Sinks: The geobiology of the Arctic versus Mars (solicited)
Onstott, T.
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18:20-18:25 Poster presentation (3 minutes):
Abiotic methanogenesis carbonate reduction by hydrogen-bearing fluids: a mechanism for Martian methane
Lazar, C. (Poster 2)
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18:30-19:30 Welcome reception


Thursday 26 November 2009

 

Session 5: Storage, release, and delivery of methane
   
Moderator: V. Chevrier
09:00-09:15 Methane reservoirs on Mars: A story of migration, gas hydrates, traps, and a long production cycle
Ori, G.
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09:15-09:35 Methane Emissions from Earth's Degassing: a Reference for Mars (solicited)
Etiope, G.
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09:35-09:50 Methane hydrates: A source for slow methane release on Mars? (solicited)
Elwood-Madden, M.
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09:55-10:15 Metastable Methane Clathrate Particles as a Source of Methane to the Martian Atmosphere (solicited)
Chassefière, E.
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10:15-10:25 Poster presentations (3 minutes each):
The trapping of methane in Martian clathrates hydrates
Thomas, C. · Cancelled ·
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Variability of Atmospheric Methane Induced by Adsorption in the Regolith
Meslin, P.-Y. (Poster 4)
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10:25-11:00 Discussion on origin, storage, release, and delivery of methane
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
Session 6: Atmospheric circulation and chemistry
   
Moderator: F. Forget and F. Lefèvre
11:30-11:50 Challenges raised by the observed variations of methane on Mars (solicited)
Lefèvre, F.
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11:50-12:05 A short-Lived Trace Gas in the Martian Atmosphere: A General Circulation Model of the Likelihood of Methane
Chizek, M. R.
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12:05-12:20 Argon: The Mixing Standard for Methane in Mars Atmosphere
Sprague, A. L.
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12:20-12:35 The spatial and temporal variation of oxidant component in the Martian atmosphere observed by MEX/PFS
Aoki, S.
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12:35-12:50 Unusual CO behaviour in Martian atmosphere: a relation to methane?
Formisano, V.
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12:50-13:05 Photochemically induced formation of Mars-relevant oxygenates and methane from carbon dioxide and water
Wecks, M.
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13:05-13:25 Poster presentations (3 minutes each):
The photochemistry and atmospheric lifetime of methane on Mars for evolving atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and the variability of the Mars planetary boundary layer (PBL) based on measurements from the Viking 1 and 2 landers, Mars Pathfinder and Phoenix
Levine, J. (Poster 5)
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Mars atmospheric circulation and chemistry detected in the submm domain
Hartogh, P. · Cancelled ·
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Search for important minor gases in Martian atmosphere
Geminale, A. (Poster 7)
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Search for hydrogen peroxide in the Martian atmosphere
Formisano, V. (Poster 8)
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Search of SO2 in the Martian atmosphere by ground-based submillimeter observation
Nakagawa, H. (Poster 9)
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The Formaldehyde Observation of 1969 and 1989: Analyses of the Observations and Proposals for Interpretation
Muller, C. (Poster 10)
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13:25-13:50 Discussion on the atmosphere circulation and chemistry
13:50 Lunch
Session 7: Microbial life, metabolism in water ice, and biological experiments under Martian conditions
Moderator: B. Price
14:55-15:15 Microbial Life in Ice: Habitats, Metabolism, and Survival on Mars (solicited)
Price, B.
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15:15-15:30 Methanogenesis on Earth Today: Where, Who and How
Prieur, D.
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15:30-15:45 The possibility of methane oxidation coupled to microbial perchlorate respiration
Coates, J. D.
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15:45-16:00 A sub-zero high Arctic methane seep: implications for Mars methane
Whyte, L.
PDF
16:00-17:30 Coffee break and poster session

List of posters:
1. High Spectral resolution heterodyne spectroscopy of methane at 7.8 µm
Sonnabend, G.
PDF
2. Abiotic methanogenesis carbonate reduction by hydrogen-bearing fluids: a mechanism for Martian methane
Lazar, C.
PDF
3.
The trapping of methane in Martian clathrates hydrates
Thomas, C. · Cancelled ·
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4. Variability of Atmospheric Methane Induced by Adsorption in the Regolith
Meslin, P.-Y.
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5. The photochemistry and atmospheric lifetime of methane on Mars for evolving atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and the variability of the Mars planetary boundary layer (PBL) based on measurements from the Viking 1 and 2 landers, Mars Pathfinder and Phoenix
Levine, J.
PDF
6.
Mars atmospheric circulation and chemistry detected in the submm domain
Hartogh, P. · Cancelled ·
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7. Search for important minor gases in Martian atmosphere
Geminale, A.
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8. Search for hydrogen peroxide in the Martian atmosphere
Formisano, V.
PDF
9. Search of SO2 in the Martian atmosphere by ground-based submillimeter observation
Nakagawa, H.
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10. The Formaldehyde Observation of 1969 and 1989: Analyses of the Observations and Proposals for Interpretation
Muller, C.
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11. Growth and Biomediated Mineral Alterations by Methanogens under Geochemical Conditions Similar to the Martian Subsurface
Chastain, B. K.
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12. Determination of the surface concentrations of methane on Mars with MOMA
Steininger, H.
PDF
13. Using Laser Heterodyne Radiometry to Search for Methane on Mars
Passmore, R.L.
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14. Robotic rigid vacuum airship for exploration of Mars
Pahari, S.
PDF
15. Detecting and characterizing Martian dust using spectropolarimeter SPEX
Stam, D.
PDF
16. Possible Influences of Aerosol Loading on the Measured Columns of Martian Atmospheric Constituents Including Methane
Muller, C.
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Dinner


Friday 27 November 2009

 

Session 7 (cont.): Microbial life, metabolism in water ice, and biological experiments under Martian conditions
Moderator: B. Price
09:00-09:20 Methanogens: A Model for Life on Mars (solicited)
Kral, T.
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09:20-09:35 Methanogenic Activity in Rio Tinto, a Terrestrial Analogue of Mars
Amils, R.
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09:35-09:50 Bacterial survival in Martian conditions
Galletta, G.
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09:50-10:05 Zero-Valent Iron on Mars: an Alternate Energy Source for Methanogens
Chastain, B. K.
PDF
10:05-10:15 Poster presentation (3 minutes):
Growth and Biomediated Mineral Alterations by Methanogens under Geochemical Conditions Similar to the Martian Subsurface
Chastain, B. K. (Poster 11)
PDF
10:15-11:00 Discussion on microbial life
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
Session 8: Future measurements of methane, related trace gases, and isotopes
Moderators: A. Chicarro and R. Zurek
11:30-11:50 Future in situ methane and related trace gas and isotope measurements with the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite of the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) (solicited)
Mahaffy, P.
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11:50-12:10 Measuring Methane and its Isotopic Ratios 13C/12C and D/H With the Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) on the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mission (solicited)
Webster, C.
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12:10-12:25 Studying methane and other trace species in the Mars atmosphere using a SOIR instrument
Drummond, R.
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12:25-12:45 A New Mission Concept: The Search for Atmospheric Trace Gases in the Mars Atmospheric (solicited)
Zurek, R.
PDF
12:45-13:05 Posters presentations (3 minutes each):
Determination of the surface concentrations of methane on Mars with MOMA
Steininger, H. (Poster 12)
PDF
Using Laser Heterodyne Radiometry to Search for Methane on Mars
Passmore, R.L. (Poster 13)
PDF
Robotic rigid vacuum airship for exploration of Mars
Pahari, S. (Poster 14)
PDF
Detecting and characterizing Martian dust using spectropolarimeter SPEX
Stam, D. (Poster 15)
PDF
Possible Influences of Aerosol Loading on the Measured Columns of Martian Atmospheric Constituents Including Methane
Muller, C. (Poster 16)
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13:05-13:40 Discussion on future measurements
13:40 Lunch
14:50-16:00 General discussion, conclusions, closure of the symposium
S. Atreya, F. Forget and O. Witasse

 


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